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Thomas Tuchel explains where it’s going wrong for Tammy Abraham with lack of minutes at Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has admitted Tammy Abrham is “lacking a little bit of luck” as the striker struggles for regular gametime under the German head coach at Chelsea.

Abraham is still the Blues’ top scorer in all competitions this season with 12 goals in all competitions but since Tuchel has arrived at the club to replace Frank Lampard, has completed 90 minutes just once and that was in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Barnsley when he scored the winner.

The England international has been substituted at half time twice by Tuchel since taking over, was a substitute for Tuchel’s first game at home to Wolves and then away at Southampton. He was left out of the squad entirely for Sunday’s draw with Manchester United.

Abraham’s omission from Sunday’s squad has seen questions raised over his future in west London, with West Ham reportedly interested in taking him to the east of the capital while Saints have also been credited with an interest. The links with a move for Borussia Dortmund superstar striker Erling Haaland won’t go away either.

Tuchel’s comments post-match on Sunday did little to dispel those rumours when asked about the 23-year-old’s absence from the matchday squad.

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“Selection. We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible [to be picked]. It is my job to take hard decisions,” said the German.

“This was the decision for 18 guys and Tammy was not with the group.

“At the moment he is only struggling with my decision. We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured, that means we have to make hard decisions.”

After the fallout from the game and looking ahead to the trip to Liverpool on Thursday night, Tuchel was again pushed on Abraham and his lack of minutes since the German arrived at the club.

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